CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United UCL Match Preview: Current Form, Strategy Analysis, Injury Update and Key Players

Manchester United is going to face CSKA Moscow this Wednesday, in their away UEFA Champions League fixture. The “Group B” clash of Champions league will be bringing out people’s Goosebumps to the scariest extent as all the four teams from the group are standing with 3 points and zero goal difference after two matches. However, let’s have a quick roll over CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United match preview, strategy analysis, injury update and players to have a keen eye on!

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United UCL match preview: current form, strategy analysis, injury update and key playersCSKA Moskow vs Manchester United

Image Credit: Mirror.Co.UK

CSKA Moscow current form in home league and UCL so far:

The Russian giant is in their best form in years. The team hasn’t lost a single match in the SOGAZ Russian Football Championship. With 10 wins and 2 draws they are currently topping their home league. After defeating PSV Eindhoven in a nail biting 3-2 they destroyed Dynamo Moscow and FC Ural.

In UCL the team struggled a bit with their 0-1 loss to Wolfsburg in the first away fixture. In their next match against PSV they were 0-2 behind till the first half, but with a storming comeback they got victory netting 3 back to back half-chances.

Manchester United current form in home league and UCL so far:

Manchester United is in the 2nd spot of EPL. After having a disastrous 0-3 defeat against the gunners Manchester United came back strong yesterday against Everton and secured 3 points from the away fixture scoring 3 goals.


In UCL Manchester United was defeated by PSV in their first away match but later they had a comfortable win against Wolfsburg in their 2nd UCL match.

CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United strategy analysis:

CSKA Moscow plays a 4-2-3-1 in general and sometimes brings in Christmas tree while opting for a defensive play. As this is going to be a home match for them, quiet surely they will come out their usual way with 4-­2-3-1 formation. The Russian team is brilliant when it comes to aerial threats. Full-backs like Schenrikov, Fernandes delivers crosses to in a regular manner overlapping the opponents defence. Musa and former United player Tosic also bring in lobs from the corner of the penalty box making space for Doumbia and Panchenko to strike. With such aerial dominance they are also lethal in the corners. Apart from the aerial attacks CSKA depends on Ahmed Musa a lot, while building up a strategic encounter or destroying opponent defence with fast counterattacks. With Wernbloom and Eremerko as their double pivot down the mid-field the team lays quiet a solid central defence with Berezutski and Ignashevitch. The tendency of taking sudden strikes and shoots from outside or inside of the penalty box is high with this team. Panchenko, Musa, Wernbloom are known to launch the long rangers.


Manchester United also pitches a 4-2-3-1. Having ball-players like Carrick, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Herrera and Depay as their midfielders Manchester United would display a positional football. Building up attacks from down the midfield is what they would opt for. Rojo had a nice run as a full-back against Everton. So, Rojo and Darmian will run down the flanks delivering the aerials while Martial, Rooney and Herrera will be meeting them in attacking third. Apart from all these there would be a chance of the year old Manchester United original; i.e Young-Fellaini cross and head connection.

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United injury updates:

There is no news of new injury from any side which means Moscow will be having a full squad while United will be missing out on Luke Shaw.

CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United players to watch out for:

Apart from the stars, we would ask our readers to have a keen eye on 29 years old Wernbloom from the Russian side. While Akinfeev, Musa, Tosic and Doumbia are the common faces to us this lad delivers huge dependence in the defensive role. Talking about a United chap to stick to your eye to will have to be the Spaniard Sander Herrera. This lad knows how to distribute the attacks from farthest corners and is in a good run to fill-up the shoes of Paul Scholes.

Final Words:

The CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United live streaming and probable starting eleven will be published shortly with the match prediction. Till then let us know what’s your view about the encounter.